Spotlight: Arkansas

Arkansas is one of America's most beautiful travel destinations; known as The Natural State for stunning mountain vistas and clear running streams. Yet Arkansas is so much more, cities like Little Rock, Hot Springs and Bentonville offer a cosmopolitan feel, while a visit to one-of-a-kind Eureka Springs will stay with you for a lifetime. The Delta region is where the blues were born and Johnny Cash's musical journey began. Bill Clinton, another Arkansas son, also launched his political path in the state, and sites commemorating the legacies of both Cash and Clinton can be toured today. Throw in Crater of Diamonds State Park, where you can dig for real diamonds and keep what you find, and Arkansas truly is a unique treasure to discover.


The Natural State

Major airports:
Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport/ Little Rock Airport (LIT)
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)

Spring: 12°C to 27°C
Summer: 20°C to 33°C
Autumn: 9°C to 21°C
Winter: -2°C to 10°C

Central Time (-6 hours GMT)


Getting around

Exploring the Natural State independently by car hire is the most popular mode of transportation allowing you to appreciate the wild landscapes on offer. There are other hassle-free ways enjoy your visit to Arkansas with Amtrak's Texas Eagle providing a twice daily rail passenger service through Arkansas and Greyhound Bus Lines providing an express service to more than 50 Arkansas towns.

New & Trending

Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hot Springs, situated directly overlooking Lake Hamilton Marina in the scenic Ouachita Mountain region is opening in August 2018. This new all-suite hotel, offers modern and stylish flair in an excellent location, just a short trip north from downtown Hot Springs.

Arkansas Cinema Society launched in 2017 and its aim is to build a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other and nurture the new and existing film talent through increased exposure. Be on the lookout for screenings, talks, events and festivals throughout the year.

Bubba Brew's Brewing Co. was founded in 2014 in Bonnerdale, Arkansas, just a few minutes outside of Hot Springs National Park and is arguably now the state's most renowned brewer. They've recently opened the 8000 square foot Bubba Brew's Brewing Co. Spa City Taproom on Lake Hamilton which can be accessed by land or water.

Fun fact: Go on a diamond hunt! In Crater of Diamonds State park you can search for diamonds in their original volcanic source, with one of the largest finds being an 8.52-carat white diamond unearthed by a visitor in 2015.

Must see

Ozark Mountains: Rugged beauty, stunning vistas, secluded cabins, sparkling rivers and waterfalls, fish-filled lakes, hiking and biking trails, awe-inspiring caverns… the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region offers exciting, rejuvenating and inspiring year-round, outdoor adventures for all the family.

Arkansas Jonquil Festival, Hempstead County: This unique celebration of spring in a 19th-century restoration village has been a popular event for over 42 years. The Jonquil Festival features thousands of blooming jonquils, many planted by early settlers, over 100 craft vendors, musicians performing varied types of music, surrey rides, food vendors, special interpretive programs and historic tours.

Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs: The rare natural features of Hot Springs National Park were designated Hot Springs National Park in 1921 and is now known as the oldest protected area in the National Park System. The remaining Bathhouse Row structures in Hot Springs represent the grandest collection of such bathhouses in North America, preserving an array of 47 hot springs. The park itself provides hiking trails, scenic drives, camping and picnic areas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville: The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. The remarkable museum structure is set among 120 acres of parkland, with sculpture and walking trails linking to downtown. The permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks from Rockwell to Warhol and O'Keefe to Baldessari.

Hope Watermelon Festival, Laz Paz County: This August celebrates the 42nd year of the Arkansas festival that draws over 50,000 watermelon-aficionados to the state. Hope Watermelon Festival celebrates everything watermelon related including watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, Watermelon Olympics, as well as a variety of live music, fishing, archery, arm-wrestling, more than 300 craft booths, food booths and an antique car show.

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